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Guardian/Conservator

A caregiver of an individual who no longer has the legal capacity to execute powers of attorney or trusts may have to become that individual's guardian or conservator. A guardian has the legal authority to make decisions about the lifestyle and well-being of another person. The decisions a guardian may make include where a person may live, what care and medical treatment will be provided, and what religious and educational activities will be made available. A conservator has legal authority to manage another person's financial affairs.

 

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Reviewed by Andrew Seibert, MD on June 24, 2012
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